The politics of reform in Myanmar

This research project considers the politics of reform in Myanmar – specifically, the factors that drive and constrain economic reform. It is being carried out in partnership with the Mekong Business Initiative, a DFAT and Asian Development Bank programme promoting private sector development in Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. We will also be conducting parts of the research with Oxfam Myanmar. The research project aims to uncover lessons for external actors seeking to support reform in Myanmar and beyond.

The project will initially examine specific recent reforms in Myanmar, including telecoms reform and the reform of the investment law. We are also interested in looking more broadly at the use of public consultation processes – something that has emerged as an important and surprising feature of Myanmar’s reforms.

This project is closely related to the research on Politics, bureaucracy, and business

DLP researchers: Niheer Dasandi and David Hudson

Related blog post: Positive deviance and Myanmar's telecoms revolution

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About DLP

The Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) is an international research initiative that explores how leadership, power and political processes drive or block successful development.

DLP focuses on the crucial role of home-grown leaderships and coalitions in forging legitimate political settlements and institutions that promote developmental outcomes, such as sustainable growth, political stability and inclusive social development.

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News

New article: A typology of interaction between politicians and bureaucrats

Tuesday 14th March 2017

DLP Research Fellow Niheer Dasandi has co-authored a new article on how bureaucrats and politicians interact, and how this affects reform efforts. It appears in 'Public Administration and Development'.

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Power and systems, and their role in developmental change: Guest seminar with Duncan Green

Tuesday 21st February 2017

Seeing power and complex social systems clearly is the first step towards supporting positive developmental change, says Oxfam Strategic Director and DLP research partner Duncan Green. He discussed the themes of his latest book at a recent International Development Department guest seminar at the University of Birmingham.

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